Talisker 8 year old (Diageo Special Releases 2021), 59.7%

Price: $115 Issue: Winter 2021 Reviewer: Jonny McCormick

Drawn from their smokiest casks, the nose brings cigar smoke, struck match, spiced cracker bread, and coastal notes, though it's spirity and youthful. Light bodied with chocolate and orange at first; there's a bold thrust of spices, smoke, and clove, followed by chocolate cake and a hint of salt. Powerful spices stay to the fore throughout, turning earthy with a touch of leather before a smoky finish.